REDISCOVERING CAMBODIA


REDISCOVERING CAMBODIA

AGAINST ALL ODDS: REDISCOVERING CAMBODIA 

 

 

Many define a country from what they see. Others, however, define it based on its history. Many nations have gone through changes across time. Oftentimes, how we see countries of today may not be the same case in their former timeline, for better or worse.

Such is perhaps the country of Cambodia, a country rife with inner turmoil but once was a kingdom reckoned by its neighbors in the Southeast.

What was at the time of its unification a kingdom called “Kambuja” under the rule of Jayavarman II which begun the Khmer Empire, this previously Hindu realm has had its prosperity lasting for 600 years.

During the Angkorian period—a time when the Khmer empire’s power is at its peak—the kingdom of Kambuja extends in broader lands, of which are now territories of its neighboring nations, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is only telling of the might and richness that the Indianized state was which made it renowned among its neighbors.

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It is during at the time of its growing might that the empire began establishing monuments which symbolized the prevailing religion of the country at the time. Of these infrastructures was the iconic Angkor Wat which is, by regard, the world’s largest building and symbol to the country of Cambodia.

Originally, meant as a beacon for the Hindu faith dedicated to the god, Vishnu, the monumental temple eventually had a facelift when one Khmer king shifted the kingdom’s religion to Buddhism. That, only to return to Hinduism, until finally settling as a predominantly Buddhist kingdom at a later time up to the present.

But overpowered by the growing might of the Ayuthaya civilization, the once mighty Khmer Empire had fallen as a vassal state to its nearby kingdoms which significantly weakened its power and influence in the region.

The kingdom soon fell to foreign rule when the French colonized the country until it finally earned its freedom in 1953.

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CAMBODIA AT PRESENT TIME

 

The country of Cambodia never returned to its glory since attaining sovereignty from foreign control and has thus just become a vestige of its previous glorious form. For a long time—until only recently—the country has had a troubled economy resulting from the damages of civil unrest and wars.

While the country may still lack the right elements to catch up with its developing neighbors, it is nonetheless rich in many beautiful and historic places which makes it worthy of a first look and actual experience. In fact, when you talk about Cambodian economy, tourism plays a significant role in it, apart from the aid it is getting from developed nations across many borders.

But, like many countries, the real treasure in the struggling country is arguably in its people who are constantly thriving despite the predispositions the country is set in. But overlook the hardships and the flaws, the Khmers are so significant in history, they are essentially interweaved with the land they call their own sovereign land.

Although with their own quirks, part of what makes a visit to this country good is by seeing first-hand a unique culture that partly defines a nation.

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LIST OF BUDGET HOTELS IN SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

 

Listed below are some of the hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia. You can book a room and get the best deal by clicking on the link/name of any of the hotels below.

 

Angkor Paradise Hotel
Street 6, Phum Sala Kanseng, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Pearl Hotel
Taphul Village, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17252

Bopha Pollen Hotel
# 202, Taphul Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

eOcambo Residence 
Street 22 (Tea Chamrat), Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Grand Elysee La Residence 
Sombai Road, Sala Kamreuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17254

Glory Angkor Hotel Siem Reap
St 27, Wat Bo, Salakamreuk, (in Between Wat Bo Road and River Road), Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Hotel Somadevi Angkor Boutique and Resort
City Center, Oknha Oum Chhay Street, Mondul II Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kingfisher Angkor Hotel
Bos Por Street, Vichear Chen Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Okay 1 Villa
No. 0325, Taphul, Svaydangkum, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Popular Boutique Hotel
Psa krom Street #033, group 10, Viheachin Village, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Prithy & Mutta House
Wat Bo Road Krong Siem Reap , Cambodia, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Petit Villa Boutique & Spa
Bamboo Street, Wat Damnak, Salakaroeuk, Sala Kamreuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Royal Crown Hotel & Spa
St.7 Makara, Old Market Area, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Silver Residence 
#167 ( Funky Lane ) Steung Tmei Village Svaydangkom Commune, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17355

Sok San Street Boutique
No. 169, Group 4, Sok San Road,Svay Dangkum ,Siem Reap Old Market, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17251

Tanei Boutique Villa
#017, Steng Thmey, Svaydongkhum, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17252

The Cyclo Siem Reap Hotel
National Hyw 6, Banteay Chas Village, Songkat Slor Kram, Siem Reap Central Area, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17251

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2 Comments:

  1. Booked my hotel on your site for my February trip to Siem Reap. Happy to get a big discount. I will be traveling alone. Anyone here who would want to travel with me? Maybe we can save a lot if we share our expenses for some transportation, etc.

  2. Just got my ticket for Cambodia by January. I think the weather would still be fine..hindi pa masyadong mainit 🙂 I’ll share my experiences here 🙂

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